'Boy Erased' author to speak April 9

by Adam Torgerson,

  • Garrard Conley
    Conley gives a free, public talk April 9 at 8 p.m. in Ford Hall

Willamette University will host “Boy Erased” author Garrard Conley for a free public discussion April 9 at 8 p.m. in the university’s Ford Hall, Room 122. Supported by the Hogue-Sponenburgh Art History Lecture Series, Conley will be joined on stage by Ricardo De Mambro Santos, art history professor and chair, for a conversation about writing and filming “Boy Erased.”

In the book and movie, Conley tells his story — a story about being outed, his parents’ response, and the harm conversion therapy inflicts on people when they’re most vulnerable.

“The public lecture will be organized as a friendly conversation in which Garrard will address the traumatic experiences behind the writing of ‘Boy Erased’ as well as the exciting period spent in Hollywood with director Joel Edgerton while shooting the movie,” said De Mambro Santos.

About the Hogue-Sponenburgh Art History Lecture Series

The Hogue-Sponenburgh Art History Lecture Series, established and endowed by the late Janeth Hogue-Sponenburgh and Mark Sponenburgh, enables the Willamette University department of art history to bring a noted scholar, artist, critic, curator, or leader in the visual arts to campus each year to deliver a public lecture and to meet informally with students and faculty.

If you require disability accommodation for this event, contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at 503-370-6195.

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